The Weekly

West High School's Weekly Updates: March 21 - March 27

New Curtains Installed in Arganbright Auditorium

New curtains were installed in the West High Auditorium over spring break, just in time for the spring musical, Mary Poppins. The curtains were purchased using funds from the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). Including installation, the entire project costs slightly over $30,000. The cost includes one new front curtain, two new teasers (curtains to block the lighting rigs above the stage), ten new legs (side curtains to block off the sides of the stage) and one new traveler (a full-length curtain that runs in back of the stage). All the curtains are black with the exception of the main curtain which is green.

Although the new curtains look great, they are also much safer than the previous curtains. The new curtains are fireproof, while the old curtains were at the end of their usable life span and had lost their fire-retardant coating. Plan to come to an event in Arganbright Auditorium and see the fresh new look.

West Falls to DM Valley in Basketball Finals

After beating DM Hoover and Cedar Falls in the quarter and semi-finals of the state tournament, West High fell to DM Valley in the final game of the year. West struggled to score against the Tigers and lost the game 46-39. Senior Wali Parks and Junior Devontae Lane were named to the 4A state tournament team. Several members of the team were also honored last week on the all-Iowa teams. See the links below for more information about the team's final games. Congratulations to Coach Bergman and the entire team on a great season.

McCaffery Heads All-State Selections

West High 39-Valley 47 in Finals of State Tournament

Tanner Lohaus Tips in Winner in Semi-Finals

West Beats Hoover in Quarter-Final State Game

Team Places High in State Academic Decathlon

The Iowa City West Academic Decathlon Team traveled to Spirit Lake, Iowa on March 4 to compete in the State Competition, after qualifying at the regional meet on January 30. Jiahua Zhang, Breanna Bradshaw, Sierra Frost, Sasha Wemmie, and Alison Schwitzer all competed by taking several tests from various subjects, but all relating to the topic of India. The team did very well and Jiahua Zhang took home the Silver medal in the Economics test and the Gold in the Math test. A big thanks to Elizabeth Han and Amy Yan, who competed at the Regional competition, but couldn’t be with the team at State. Congratulations to Coach Stacy Noble and the entire team. This is Coach Noble's first year heading the competition and she would like to thank Kathryn Jacobson for her help at the regional competition and Tyson Smith for his help with the season.

Registration for AP Exams Begins March 7th

Registration for AP Exams will begin on Monday, March 7th and run through Thursday, March 24th. Students are asked to pick up a Registration Form from the Guidance Office. Registration Forms AND payment are due in the Guidance Office NO LATER THAN Thursday, March 24th. The cost is $92 per exam, and checks should be made payable to West High School.

For more information about AP Exams, including the testing schedule, please click here.

Seniors - Graduation Caps, Gowns, and Merchandise

Jostens will be here on Wednesday, March 23rd in the commons between the hours of 9:00 am and 1:00 pm to distribute caps and gowns and other graduation merchandise. If you have a balance due, you will need to pay the balance at the time of pick-up.

Yangtian Shangguan receives Mu Alpha Theta Summer Grant

Yangtian Shangguan has been awarded a $2,000 Mu Alpha Theta Summer Grant to attend the Areteem program at UCLA this summer. Students at the Areteem summer program are engaged by taking unique classes and workshops that will cover all students’ interests in mathematics, science and technology.

English 9 Symposium

Symposium is a rite of passage for all English 9 students at West High. Each spring, ninth-graders select a social issue of interest and research it using a variety of information resources. This project, taught collaboratively by the English 9 teachers and the West High teacher-librarians, spans four weeks of the spring trimester. Students in Mrs. Dolson’s, Mrs. Hughes’s, and Mrs. Rocarek’s classes are already in full swing, having started their Symposium projects on March 2. Students in Mr. Hartwig’s and Mrs. Winterberg’s classes will begin on March 31, and students in Mr. Finn’s, Mrs. Nahra’s, and Ms. Jacobson’s classes will begin on April 21.

Students are encouraged to tell their parents and guardians about their Symposium research and to ask for help identifying potential sources of information. Because many of the topics are timely, students frequently mention that their families have shared articles or reports they’ve found in the news during Symposium season.

For adults helping students work on their Symposium, all handouts, including the information packet describing the project, can be found in the Class Links section of the West High Library website at

Top Five for March 21-March 27

1.Girls soccer team begins practicing. All spring sports seasons have begun. Good luck to track, soccer and tennis teams.

2. Thursday, March 24 is the last day to drop a 3rd trimester class without penalty.

3. There will be an Advisory period this Thursday between periods 2 and 3.

4. The girls track team will have their first outdoor competition on Thursday at Muscatine High School.

5. The boys will also compete in their first outdoor track meet on Saturday at Cedar Rapids Jefferson.

SEI Summer Institute

SEI Summer Institute is a free summer program sponsored by the University of Iowa, Center for Diversity & Enrichment (CDE) designed to enhance the academic experience of local ICCSD high school students of underrepresented populations.

View the announcement of the 2016 Summer Enrichment Institute (SEI) here:

Applicants should be students in good standing, currently in 8th through 11th grade enrolled in an Iowa City Community School District Junior High School or High School. Apply at the following link:

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Workplace Learning Connection Internship Opportunities

Applications for Summer and Fall Internships are currently being accepted by the Workplace Learning Connection. Current 10th and 11th graders can apply for a 45 hour practicum or a 90 hour internship. Applications are due April 1st and can be accessed at

Students can get 45 or 90 hours of planned, supervised career experiences. Interns learn new skills, apply classroom knowledge in a real-world setting, develop employability behaviors that better prepare them for the workplace, and gain insight that will help them make more informed post-secondary choices. Upon completion students earn elective high school credit.

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Party After Prom

For registration forms, stop in the main office or visit:
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Welcome to The West High Weekly

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